2022 Nick and Perry Sumas Scholarship

Nick and Perry Sumas founded Village Super Market, Inc. in 1937. They were brothers and Greek immigrants who came to the United States in search of the “American Dream.” Neither had a formal education, but they both believed that with diligence and determination came opportunities that could only be found in this country. They cared deeply about their associates. They were proud that they were able to provide steady work for so many people, and an opportunity for the next generation to obtain a formal education as a result. In honor of these two men, the following generations of the Sumas family want to expand the opportunity for scholarship funds to more people across the company.

2022 Scholarships

This year we will be awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships for undergraduate education. Once eligibility criteria is met:

  • There will be one $1,000 scholarship recipient from each of our thirty-seven stores, plus one from the Perishable Distribution Center, one from the MFC, and one from our corporate office team.
  • In addition, this year we will offer TWO $5,000 scholarships to Village Associates who demonstrate our purpose of Helping Families Live Better both in our stores and in their communities.
  • No separate application is required for the additional $5,000 scholarships.
  • All recipients must reapply each year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current full or part-time employees (union or non-union) OR children or grandchildren of current employees of Village Super Market who have been employed for at least six months at the time of application.
  • High school seniors entering college next year or current college students.*
  • 3.0 GPA

*The scholarship may be used at any accredited college, university or professional school in the United States.

How To Apply

Selection of Winners

  • A Village Super Market selection committee will select the scholarship recipients.
  • In evaluating the applicants, the committee considers the applicants’ grades, written essay, and financial need.
  • Students must be in good standing and free from disciplinary actions.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results by May 27th, 2022.

For additional information about the program, please contact nickandperrysumasscholarship@gmail.com

To view 2021 winners click here

 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:

Village Associates are eligible for selection scholarships offered by the NJ Food Council! You can download applications and e-mail the completed form with the essay and letter of recommendation to njfc@njfoodcouncil.com or mail them to New Jersey Food Council, 429 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ, 08611. All applications must be postmarked by April 18, 2022.

Here are the NJFC opportunities our Associates can apply for:

1. Founders Scholarship Award – One award of $5,000 to one employee in a food related member business or future industry leader.
2. Thomas Infusino Scholarship Award – One award of $5,000 to one employee in a retail member business.
3. Student Award – One award of $5,000 to a graduating high school senior or college student who is a family member of a full time employee of a member company, NJFC employee or part-time student employee of a member company.
4. NJFC Scholarship Award – Four (4) awards of $2,500 each to a graduating high school senior or college student who is working for a member company and who is pursuing food policy, government affairs or a food industry related career, or an NJFC employee.

  • Winners of awards may reapply each year if they continue to be employed by firms that are members or staff of NJFC. An average grade of B or better must be attained and confirmed.
  • Awards will be used for tuition at any accredited college, university or professional school in the United States. A scholarship recipient may transfer from one college to another and retain the award.

Additionally, Village Associates are eligible for the Raymond J Maniaci Education Scholarship:

• Those eligible to apply are New Jersey resident students of Saint Joseph’s University who are food marketing majors. Graduate students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
• Previous recipients of the Raymond J. Maniaci Education Scholarship Award may not reapply. The Raymond J. Maniaci Education Scholarship Award is in the amount of $8,000.
• An average grade of B or better must be attained and confirmed.

Please visit njfoodcouncil.com/2022-scholarships/ for complete details and necessary forms. We encourage everyone to apply and wish you luck on your education endeavors!